Putin and the kleptocrats

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August 2014, no. 363

Kicking the Kremlin: Russia’s new dissidents and the battle to topple Putin by Marc Bennetts

Bloomsbury, $27.99 pb, 318 pp

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Putin and the Oligarch: The Khodorkovsky–Yukos Affair

by Richard Sakwa

I.B. Tauris, £20 hb, 318 pp

Putin and the kleptocrats

by
August 2014, no. 363

Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in March was a dramatic sign of Russia’s sense that it had recovered from its post-Soviet weakness. Viewed in the West as an outrage, in Russia the seizure was portrayed as a triumph, the culmination of a national resurgence under Vladimir Putin. It remains to be seen how long this mood of triumph will last. 

President Putin’s popularity has long been buoyed by high prices for oil, Russia’s main export. On top of this oil bonanza, which saw national GDP double in a decade, Putin’s popularity has spiked after shows of strength like Russia’s 2008 invasion of the Caucasian republic of Georgia. In 2011–12 his standing slumped when his return to the presidency ruled out a new liberal era in Russian politics. The seizure of Crimea has sent Putin’s approval rating back to 2008 levels, demonstrating the link between Kremlin muscle-flexing and the political balance inside Russia.

Nick Hordern reviews 'Kicking the Kremlin: Russia’s new dissidents and the battle to topple Putin' by Marc Bennetts and 'Putin and the Oligarch: The Khodorkovsky–Yukos Affair' by Richard Sakwa

Kicking the Kremlin: Russia’s new dissidents and the battle to topple Putin

by Marc Bennetts

Bloomsbury, $27.99 pb, 318 pp

Book Cover 2 Small

Putin and the Oligarch: The Khodorkovsky–Yukos Affair

by Richard Sakwa

I.B. Tauris, £20 hb, 318 pp

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  • Posted by Nick Hordern
    29 August 2014
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    29 August 2014
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    11 August 2014

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